Elk Grove City Council Approves General Plan Amendment for
Capital SouthEast Connector Expressway
Mather, Calif., March 12, 2014 â€“The City of Elk Grove last night became the third jurisdiction to adopt a General Plan amendment supporting implementation of the voter-approved Capital SouthEast Connector expressway.
The Elk Grove City Council unanimously approved the amendment at its Wednesday, March 11, meeting.
The 34-mile Connector will connect Interstate 5 south of Elk Grove to Highway 50 at the new Silva Valley Parkway interchange just east of El Dorado Hills. Its planned alignment in Elk Grove is on an extension of Kammerer Road west from Bruceville Road to I-5, and on the existing Kammerer Road west of Highway 99 and on Grant Line Road to the east.
General Plan amendments in the JPA jurisdictions will ensure consistent Connector design and implementation, and set the stage for more detailed planning during environmental review of specific Connector segments.
â€œThe Connector is an important project for Elk Grove and weâ€™re anxious to get it constructed. It will play a vitally important role in supporting our cityâ€™s economic growth,â€ said Pat Hume, Elk Grove vice mayor and chair of the Connector JPA board.
Sacramento County in May 2014 adopted a Connector-related General Plan amendment, and Folsom in August 2014 adopted a Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan amendment supporting Connector implementation. Rancho Cordova and El Dorado County will follow.
â€œThis is yet another strong step forward for the project and we very much appreciate Elk Groveâ€™s support,â€ said Tom Zlotkowski, executive director of the Connector JPA.
The Connectorâ€™s overall first phase, envisioned to be completed between 2018 and 2023, includes four continuous lanes; expanded at-grade intersections; a separated path for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians; and right-of-way preservation for the projectâ€™s full build out.
The projectâ€™s second phase includes interchanges and additional HOV lanes as needed in some segments, and would be completed as demand necessitates and additional funding is made available.